September 30th, 2020, 9:00 – 11:00 utc
My fourth activation of Römerstein.
Wx: Cloudy, temp about 14°C.
Walking time: 10 min up, 5 min down.
Ascent/ descent: approx. 60 vertical metres
Condx on all bands were poor with deep QSB and weak signals.
SFI = 73, k = 3
18 QSOs on 60 CW, 2 x S2S
13 QSOs on 40 CW, 3 x S2S
10 QSOs on 40 SSB, 3 x S2S
3 QSOs on 30 CW, 1 x S2S
2 QSOs on 20 CW, 1 x S2S
Nice activation and a surprising number of S2S QSOs for a weekday.
Lowlight: The KX3 was almost destroyed because of excessive battery voltage.
How to get there?
On the road from Böhringen to Donnstetten, turn left at the junction towards Göppingen. After a few hundred metres the car park „Römerstein-Turm“ appears on the right. From there the ascent is fairly short.
I had a day off and wanted to use the time for a quick activation. The choice fell on Römerstein because it isn’t too far away and I hadn’t activated it this year yet. For a change, I tried the ascent from the West.
On a morning during the week the place was – as expected – deserted. I used my standard equipment for low mountains and set up on a bench. Everything went smoothly until I switched on the KX3 and saw a message on the dispaly, saying something like: ‚above 15 V‘. The words took a second to sink in, then I hit the buttons and switched the KX3 off immediately. For some reason I had forgotten to connect the voltage reducer between KX3 and the 4S battery. I knew it had to happen one day! The KX3 supply voltage was approx. 16.3 volts.
When my blood pressure returned to normal, I plugged in the voltage reducer and turned the KX3 back on. Fortunately, there was no damage whatsoever. Thanks, Elecraft for the rugged design!
The following activation went smoothly with a focus on chasing S2S contacts. From time to time the sun came out. Then – within minutes – it became comfortably warm.
By mistake, I connected the 4S Li-Ion battery directly to the KX3. This mistake was possible because all my DC connectors are of the same type. In the long run I have to change the 4S battery connector to a different type.
Again it was lots of fun. Thanks for the QSOs!